Crime Prevention Tips for Goodyear Residents

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Tips to Keep Your Home & Car Safe & Secure

PREVENTING BURGLARY

One out of ten homes will be burglarized this year. For a small amount of time and money, you can make your home more secure and reduce your chances of being a victim. You know your neighborhood best – call and report any suspicious activity to the Police Department right away, at 623-932-1220.

crimetips1Check the Locks

  • Lock your doors and windows.
  • Make sure every external door has a sturdy, well installed lock.
  • Sliding glass doors can offer easy access if they are not properly secured. Purchase extra locks for these doors at most hardware stores.
  • Instead of hiding extra keys around the outside of the house, give an extra to key to someone you can trust.
  • When you move to a new home, re-key all the locks. 

crimetips2Check the Doors

  • All outside doors should be metal or solid wood.
  • Get a metal security door, also with a strong lock.
  • Make sure your door fits the frame – a loose fit makes it easy to open.
  • Install a peephole in all entry doors to be able to see who is outside. DO NOT open your door for strangers. 

Check the Outside

  • crimetips3Thieves hate bright lights. Install outside lights and keep them on at night. Motion lights work well too.
  • Keep your yard clean. Prune back shrubbery so it does not hide doors or windows. Thieves can hide there while breaking into a window or door.
  • Clearly display your house number so Police and other Emergency Services can find your home quickly.
  • If you travel, create the illusion that you are home by using timers which will turn on and off lights in different areas of the house during the evening.
  • Don’ let mail or newspapers pile up. Stop mail service when you are away, and pick up newspapers so your home does not become a target.
  • Lock outside gates to backyards or courtyards

Check your Vehicle

  • crimetips4If you have a garage, use it. Your vehicle is safer inside.
  • Find a deterrent for your vehicle, such as “the club” or an alarm. This will not be a guarantee, but it may make the burglar move on to another vehicle.
  • Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle. This is an invitation to get broken into.